FAQ

Q: How many fellows are in your program?

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We accept seven fellows per year for a total of fourteen fellows in the two-year program.

Q: What is call like?

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Fellows in our training program DO NOT take overnight call. We have a collaborative relationship with the adult psychiatry program and in house call is taken by adult psychiatry residents to further their exposure to children and adolescents. There is a telephone back-up call schedule in which each fellow covers approximately 4 weeks every year in case of emergent consults or questions.

Q: Will I have to work weekends and holidays?

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First year fellows round with an on the inpatient unit at the University of Maryland Medical Center approximately 2-4 weekends over the course of the year. At most, weekend coverage would include only one holiday.

Q: Is moonlighting allowed?

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Moonlighting is allowed, but must be approved by the training director. Extra training may not occur during daytime working hours or conflict with clinical duties.

Q: How much psychotherapy training is there in the program?

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Our fellowship program provides comprehensive psychotherapy training over the course of two years. Fellows have experiences in individual, family, and group therapy and receive 1-2 hours per week of psychotherapy supervision. All fellows are trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Parent Management Training and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). There are also opportunities to gain additional experience with play therapy and family therapy. All fellows are required to carry psychotherapy patients in the outpatient clinic sites during both years of the fellowship.

Q: What do graduates of the program end up doing?

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Our graduating fellows end up practicing in a variety of settings, including academics, school-based mental health clinics, community clinics and private practice. For a more detailed list click here.

Q: What are the salary and benefits?

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The annual stipends for all residents at the University of Maryland can be found by clicking here. An additional annual educational allowance expense is also provided by the training program. Parking at the University of Maryland Medical Center is paid for by the training program. There are no parking fees at the other training sites. All Fellows are allotted 20 vacation days annually. For additional information regarding professional liability insurance, health insurance, life insurance, retirement and other benefits click here.

Q: How do I apply?

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Applications for fellowship positions entering in the PGY-4 or PGY-5 year are now accepted through ERAS.

Q: Do you accept applicants with visas?

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Our program will only sponsor a J-1 visa. ECFMG certification and significant clinical experience in Psychiatry in the U.S. is required.

Q: Do I need to have passed all USMLE exams prior to applying?

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Yes, applications must include scores from Steps 1, 2 and 3.

Q: I heard that there are a few internal candidates applying. What are my chances of matching into your program?

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We do offer a pre-match to internal candidates, but the number of these candidates changes every year. Please contact us to see how many positions we are matching for this year.

Q: I have been working in a group practice since completing my general psychiatry training, but I have now decided to pursue training in child and adolescent psychiatry. Will this affect my chances of matching into your program?

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We take pride in the diversity of our program and enjoy having fellows with a wide range of clinical experiences.

Q: How do I get invited for an interview with your program?

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We will review your application once it is mostly complete. If it is approved, our program coordinator will contact you to arrange an interview date. We cannot hold an interview date if your application has not yet been approved.

Q: What can I expect on my interview day?

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You will have the opportunity to learn about our program, talk with current fellows, tour the University of Maryland and Sheppard Pratt training sites and interview with faculty members. Continental breakfast and lunch with first and second year fellows will be provided. The chief residents will guide you through your interview day, including transportation between sites. The interview day begins at 8 a.m. and ends at approximately 4:30 p.m. A specific itinerary of your interview day will be sent to you via email prior to your interview date.

For more information, click here.

This page was last updated: June 30, 2014

         
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